Market profile

Hong Kong is a unique market destination for Australian businesses, entrepreneurs, start-ups and investors. Hong Kong operates under the unique “one country, two systems” policy with its own currency, political and legal systems distinct from mainland China. This policy has placed Hong Kong as an indisputable international financial hub with a sound regulatory environment that is business-friendly.

Hong Kong affords benefits such as:

  • No foreign ownership restrictions
  • A free and open market
  • Rule of Law
  • Strong intellectual property rights and legal protections to ensure a fair business environment
  • Free movement of capital, talent, goods, information and media

In addition, Hong Kong’s proximity to China and other markets makes it an ideal launching pad for Australian companies wanting to enter Asia or expand their existing business. As a result, Hong Kong is often chosen as a test market for new products and as a logistics and distribution hub. With English as a main language, the city is also seen as being internationally-friendly in addition to having a multilingual workforce with high capabilities in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

More information on doing business in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong's market insights and opportunities


  • Merchandise exports A$10,353 million
  • Services exports A$3,066 million
  • Capital Hong Kong
  • Official languages Chinese, English
  • Area 1,050 sq km
  • Population 7.5 million


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Information provided by DFAT

Hong Kong brief

A comprehensive overview of political, economic and bilateral and regional trade agreements.

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Trade and economic fact sheet

Containing general information, recent economic indicators, Australia’s trade and investment relationship with Hong Kong and their global merchandise trade relationship that is updated twice a year.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Hong Kong. This is regularly updated and should be checked before planning travel.

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